More than 200 Louisiana Master Gardeners were recognized for their volunteer efforts on May 10 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Attendees came from almost all south Louisiana parishes, plus small groups from several north Louisiana parishes. Master Gardener volunteers get involved in everything from plant health clinics and answering gardening questions in LSU AgCenter parish offices, to manning booths at fairs and festivals. Some Master Gardener associations are involved in youth gardening, school gardening and community gardening programs.
The annual appreciation day has been held in Hammond the past several years to show Master Gardeners how much their volunteer efforts mean to the AgCenter’s statewide horticulture programming efforts, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
The program included contests, such as “Name that Weed” and “What’s Wrong with This Plant?” Contest winners received plants as prizes. Owings conducted a tour of the sun garden, which is the location for warm-season and cool-season bedding plant trials at the station. Ornamental grasses, roses, new shrubs, new herbaceous perennials and more also are included in the area.
Baton Rouge landscape architect Bill Rountree, who is landscaping the McDonald’s restaurants in Baton Rouge, spoke about the project.
The LSU AgCenter Master Gardener program has 1,891 active members in 44 parishes across 23 programs. For information, contact the LSU AgCenter parish office or Master Gardener coordinator Rene Schmit, (985) 785-4473.
Author C.L. Ellis spoke about her book, “Hussy,” when the Sista to Sista Book Club met on April 27 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Ellis, a Baton Rouge resident, holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Grand Canyon University and is working toward a master’s degree in psychology.
Sista to Sista Book Club will celebrate its 14th anniversary in September and meets on the fourth Saturday of each month in members’ homes or local restaurants. Michelle Rogers provided fresh flower arrangements, and place cards and gift bags designed by Carolyn Joseph were presented to each guest. Ellis presented a gift set of “Hussy” to one of the members.
The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund joined other community-based organizations to showcase the impact of their evidence-based programs to prevent child abuse and neglect on May 2 at the Legislature.
The event featured demonstrations from the Children’s Trust Fund, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, Together We Can Conference, Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Faith House, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, LSU Ag Department, Little Bookshelf, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Child Advocacy Services, Louisiana CASA, Louisiana FCCLA, Jewish Family Service, Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, and United Way of Central Louisiana.
The Children’s Trust Fund hosted a press conference commemorating the organization’s 30-year anniversary and new “Look Before You Lock” campaign to create awareness that leaving a child alone in a car can quickly lead to heat stroke, kidnapping and even death. Tips were shared to assist the public to ensure all children safely exit the vehicle after every trip.
For information about the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund or to take an active role in the “Look Before You Lock” campaign or other programs, call (225) 342-2245 or write to the LCTF at P.O. Box 3318, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
The Louisiana Lupus Foundation’s Baton Rouge support group participated in “Put on Purple for Lupus Awareness” by wearing purple shirts for its May 18 meeting.
Sharon Johnson, former president and member of the Baton Rouge group, spoke on “The Stages of Loss of Health,” which can include the loss of job, relationship or even identity. Members shared their experiences as they navigate through the stages of loss.
The support group meets from noon to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the East Baton Rouge Parish Delmont Gardens Branch Library, 3351 Lorraine St.
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